Ball Ground Farmer’s Market!!

The Ball Ground Farmer’s Market brought to you by Josh and Jen Briggs is held the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, April – October.  The market is held in the courtyard outside Barrel House Coffee, right across the Street from Chef Rosario’s Italian Kitchen.  The market is growing each and every week so please come out and support these local vendors and of course all of our wonderful Ball Ground merchants. 

Fly Betty Rocked the Park!

The Fly Betty Band rocked the park on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 just prior to the annual fireworks show.  Great crowd and a lot of fun in the community.  Thanks for coming out.

City Council Meeting

July 11th, 2019 at 7:00 PM will be the next regular meeting of Mayor and Council.

Outdoor Burning Prohibited

Lately, we have had several phone calls inquiring about outdoor burning.  Below is the City Ordinance as related to outdoor burning.

Sec. 8-3. – Outdoor burning prohibited.
(a) Except as otherwise provided by law, or as otherwise set forth in this Code, no persons shall cause, suffer, allow or permit open burning of refuse, rubbish, brush, wood, trash, leaves, tree limbs or other combustible materials anywhere in the city.
(b) The following are exceptions to the prohibition on outside burning:
(1) Outdoor burning in connection with the preparation of food for immediate human consumption;
(2) Small wood only fires contained in an outdoor fireplace or fire pit.
(3) Burning associated with the operation of devices that require open flame, such as tar kettles, blow torches, welding torches, portable heaters, gas grills, charcoal grills and other flame making equipment, provided that the use of such equipment does not violate other local or state laws.
(c) The chief of police or his designee shall be responsible for the enforcement of the provisions of this section, and may issue citations for violations thereof. Any person violating any provision of this section shall be fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $1,000.00 for each offense and a separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues. In addition, any person violating any provision of this section which results in a fire requiring the response of the fire department shall also be liable for the costs incurred by the fire department in responding to the fire, including actual labor costs, costs of equipment operation, and costs of materials.
( Ord. of 5-11-2017 )

This Saturday, March 9th, 2019, Fayleure Productions Inc., will be filming a scene for the movie AIRBORNE in the Ball Ground Burger Bus.

Filming will take place from approximately 11 am until 11 pm.

During this time we will be closing Mound Street between Gilmer Ferry Road and Chestnut Street. (Business owners will still have access to the parking lot off Mound Street for their employee parking). We will also be closing Church Street between Gilmer Ferry and Groover Street. The road closures will go into effect Friday afternoon and remain in effect until Sunday afternoon (setup and breakdown time). The road closures are for parking of equipment trucks, not for filming.

At this time the production company estimates they will have around 150 cast, crew and support members working in the City. They have made arrangements to rent parking lots close to town and will be using a shuttle bus and vans to bring in cast and crew as needed.

Occasionally there will be a need to close Gilmer Ferry for 2-3 minutes. But this will be the exception, not the norm.

So as you are planning your weekend, carve out some time to come downtown. Patronize our shops and restaurants………then pull up a chair and see if you can spot anyone you know with the movie crew.

See you on Saturday!!!

Have a great week.

Ball Ground Welcomes The Tour of the Southern Highland Bicycle Race this Saturday and Sunday!
Please keep a close eye out for bicycle riders in the community. We have a number of folks here practicing up for the race this weekend.

Here is a summary of the weekend and affected roadways.

FRIDAY: We will likely see a lot of cyclists inside and near the city taking practice runs, but the Friday event itself will take place in the County out on Mineral Springs Road beginning and ending near the I-575 bridge over Mineral Springs. Just stay alert for cyclists.

SATURDAY: Valley Street will be closed from Coy M. Holcomb Street north to Depot Street.

Race headquarters will be in front of City Hall on Valley Street.

The race route will be from City Hall, north on Valley Street, west on Depot Street, North on Old Canton Road to Commerce Lane. West on Commerce, then south on Canton Highway down to Howell Bridge Road. East on Howell Bridge to Valley Street, back to City Hall and then repeat. Racing of various groups will take place beginning at 8:00 am and ending at approximately 5:00 pm.

SUNDAY: Valley Street will be closed from Coy M. Holcomb Street north to Depot Street

Race headquarters will be in front of City Hall on Valley Street

The race route will be from City Hall, north on Valley Street, West on Depot Street, North on Old Canton Road then west on A. W. Roberts Drive (372), north on Canton Highway and immediately west on Mineral Springs Road. The race will then run approximately 20 miles thru Cherokee County, coming back into the City on Howell Bridge Road and back to Valley Street. Racers will then repeat the course.

Again we are looking at 8:00 am until 5:00 pm

This event continues to bring racers from across the Country, many of whom patronize our local businesses and help jump-start our local economy for the spring/summer months.

Come on out, enjoy the fun, and see if you can spot a famous racer or Olympic team. Best viewing options include City Hall and the plaza area downtown near 4-way stop.

Have a great weekend – and remain alert.

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